Strategies during early periods of cash game sessions

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Is it valid to consider playing a bit conservatively very early in a cash session? Building a bit of rythm, before attempting a big move on someone? (even if you have considerable data on him)


Or is it basically getting scared of busting early on? Which is problematic, because isn't even if a player is in the very first hand, the optimal move is the optimal move!


Also, I'm curious to know whats your game plan during early periods of a cash game session?
 
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Is it valid to consider playing a bit conservatively very early in a cash session? Building a bit of rythm, before attempting a big move on someone? (even if you have considerable data on him)


Or is it basically getting scared of busting early on? Which is problematic, because isn't even if a player is in the very first hand, the optimal move is the optimal move!


Also, I'm curious to know whats your game plan during early periods of a cash game session?


If I sit down at a new cash table, I play in the beginning very tight and try to observe my opponents. If I don't feel comfortable, I leave and search anotherone. Also I prefer to have a tight image at the table. Of course, if I get early premium hands like QQ+, I look for some action.
Later in a 6 ring cashgame, I play more loose. Depeneding also on the come and go at the table
 
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I think it's okay to be conservative at first.
If you find a target that looks like it has a wide range, go for it.
 
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I play a preflop GTO strategy regardless of how long I’ve been sat at the table. I will either tighten up if the table is loose or loosen up if the table is tight accordingly.

Same goes for post flop. Except my post flop game is not gto.
 
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I don't think the amount of time you've been at the table should have anything to do with how you play the hands you're dealt. You should play your hand as best as possible given opening ranges and positions involved in the hand and develop a strategy based on that and not how long you've been at the table.
 
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For the first time you see a person, study the nature of his game.See how long a person has been playing poker.That he usually plays and you will immediately understand the course of events and the outcome of the game with him.there are exceptions such as for example you prepare a person for a push and he leaves at the last moment from defeat happens on the river reaches him what can you do this is a game.
 
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I think to be conservative at the beginning of the game is normal, I do it myself until I learn my opponents and their weaknesses.
 
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It has been my experience that the very first hand in the BB often results in everyone folding to you. More often than it should be statistically. In my opinion, this shows that the opponents also want to check you out and are therefore on average more cautious in the first few hands against you.

That's why I'm usually more on the cautious side when someone plays very aggressively in the first few hands...
 
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My strategy is to play tight for the first 20 minutes, look at your opponents, then play looser.
 
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Caution and vigilance for the first half hour I fill the stack, when the stack is safe, you can switch to aggression,
 
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Is it valid to consider playing a bit conservatively very early in a cash session? Building a bit of rythm, before attempting a big move on someone? (even if you have considerable data on him)


Or is it basically getting scared of busting early on? Which is problematic, because isn't even if a player is in the very first hand, the optimal move is the optimal move!


Also, I'm curious to know whats your game plan during early periods of a cash game session?



I've set up a few small rules to start the session that help ease anxiety, improve concentration, and try to make the grind lighter and more relaxed.

Rule 1 - Play only if you feel good
Rule 2 - Play what you can think of, do and pay for
Rule 3 - Never pay the blinds in advance to start seeing cards, you have just sat down at a table, take the opportunity to observe the behavior and rhythm of other players, and if you feel uncomfortable about something, leave the table and look for a other

And now comes the part where we talk about goals during the session, recently I've been adopting the goal of one buy in a day when I do cash game sessions (despite not having played in the last 6 months), the idea is that if I win the value of 100bb, I stop and declare the day as a winning day and rest/study for the next day.

And as a bonus tip of my personal routine for cash games, I think it's cool that you know the "ice man" method, Win Hof, search for it on youtube, maybe you'll find it cool and use it in your grind too.

GL in life and felts.
 
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An important tip

Añadiría un consejo más y es estar muy concentrados, dejando de lado cualquier cosa que nos pueda distraer, sin concentración es imposible tener éxito en una sesión de poker.
 
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